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Bloomberg’s breathtaking propaganda piece suggests trouble for Samsung

Daniel Eran Dilger

An article written for Bloomberg by Jun Yang, Anand Krishnamoorthy and Jungah Lee seeks so desperately to distract from Samsung’s looming crisis that it bends facts backwards and rewrites history with the careless abandon of a North Korea state reporter, drawing attention instead to the curious lack of reality that the company’s defenders exude.
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February 12, 2013   15 Comments

Bill Gates changes his tune on Apple’s iPad, now that one surfaces running Windows

Daniel Eran Dilger

Bill Gates is really excited about the iPad now that Microsoft has copied it. But he wasn’t always so impressed with a thin tablet leveraging the ARM architecture to destroy the WinTel PC, particularly when Steve Jobs was showing off the original.
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October 22, 2012   18 Comments

Apple’s 15 years of NeXT

Daniel Eran Dilger

Fifteen years ago, Apple announced plans to acquire NeXT Software, a move that would ultimately bring Steve Jobs back to the company he cofounded twenty years earlier.
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December 21, 2011   9 Comments

iOSchadenfreude

Daniel Eran Dilger

Here’s some choice examples of why you can’t believe everything companies or pundits proclaim about the prospects of their products.
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August 19, 2011   9 Comments

Google wants to be Apple as much as Microsoft did. But can Motorola help?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Years after the tech industry unanimously agreed that Microsoft’s licensing model was far superior to Apple’s integrated hardware model, Microsoft began desperate measures to adopt Apple’s. Now Google is trying to do the same. Will buying Motorola help?
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August 15, 2011   17 Comments

Google moves Android from a PlaysForSure strategy to Zune strategy

Daniel Eran Dilger

While Android fans like to point out how well the free software is performing by looking at its plurality of market share among smartphone makers, the reality is that Android isn’t doing so well. Google’s acquisition of Motorola is proof of that.
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August 15, 2011   20 Comments

Distimo polishes the Android Market turd

Daniel Eran Dilger

Mobile app analytics firm Distimo used a particularly wild amount of spin to suggest Android apps were headed toward global domination. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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April 28, 2011   12 Comments

Apple Killers Attack! Decay, Sustain, Release

Daniel Eran Dilger

The waves of competition that lap up upon Apple’s shores is starting to sound very familiar. Anyone else notice this pattern?
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March 10, 2011   41 Comments

Microsoft’s Stephen Elop takeover of Nokia VS. NeXT’s Steve Jobs takeover of Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

For a historian, the only thing more fun than seeing how history repeats is examining what elements do change as events recycle. Looking at Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia, I can’t help but contrast NeXT’s takeover of Apple Computer in 1996. Despite the similarities, there are stark differences that promise to make the results predictably different.
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February 13, 2011   39 Comments

Why Apple can’t be too worried about Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets taking away iPad sales: Part 3

The Honeycomb tablet

Daniel Eran Dilger
Listen to giddy Android enthusiasts and you might get the impression that the next tablet-centric version of Google’s Android platform, named 3.0 Honeycomb, is about to destroy iPad sales. They’re wrong, here’s why, part three.
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February 9, 2011   40 Comments

Can HP & Palm take on the iPhone?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Some people seemed offended that I’d present a less than enthusiastically optimistic take on the chances that HP’s acquisition of Palm could be anything other than a successful explosion of synergy that will challenge Apple. But what else do we know about HP & Palm? Let’s ask technology strategist Michael Gartenberg.
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May 8, 2010   31 Comments

What will HP do with Palm’s webOS? Mostly likely: fail

Daniel Eran Dilger

For some time, it’s been obvious that Palm desperately needed a deep pocketed partner in order for its fledgling webOS to remain a viable competitor in the smartphone area. It was less obvious HP might be the one interested. But now that the $1.2 billion deal is done, what’s the chances it will work out?

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May 7, 2010   51 Comments

The Tales of Two Top Secret Stolen Smartphone Prototypes

Daniel Eran Dilger

The web is atwitter with reports of a top secret stolen smartphone prototype. This moment, it’s what appears to be Apple’s 4th generation iPhone. But nearly the same thing happened last year, too. Things just didn’t go as well that time.

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April 19, 2010   50 Comments

Chronicles of Conflict: the History of Adobe vs. Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

If you didn’t know any better, you might think this whole Apple vs Adobe thing blew up out of nowhere because Steve Jobs woke up one morning with a stiff neck and decided to take it out on Adobe. Those of you who imagine there might be more to it than that that might like to reminisce with a little walk down tech history lane.

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April 14, 2010   66 Comments

iPad, the destroyer: 19 things it will kill

Daniel Eran Dilger

Pundits, particularly of the Windows Enthusiast variety, don’t understand the iPad. It won’t kill the netbook and certainly can’t kill the notebook, they tell us. If only they knew what the iPad was really meant to destroy.

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April 2, 2010   174 Comments